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By Lisa Browdy
I love breakfast, but as I said last week, I don't really like oatmeal. I don't know if it's the texture or the smell that I object to, but it makes me cringe a little inside. All the same, I realize that oatmeal is healthy stuff, so I make an effort to choke some down once in a while. I woke up on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, knowing that I had better eat something substantial because we had a long morning of services ahead of me (ours usually run past 1:30 p.m.). Jews have a tradition of eating apples and honey (see video) on Rosh Hashannah to ensure a sweet and fruitful year. So I figured I'd doctor up my oatmeal with so much apples and honey that it would actually taste good.
My husband likes those steel-cut oats, which he makes in the evening and lets sit in the fridge overnight. In preparation for the holiday we had purchased some interesting tart Macoun apples at the Farmer's Market, so I chopped them up small (leaving the skin on for the added nutrients and fiber), added a good drizzle of honey, some cinnamon (I've read that cinnamon is really good for you) and raisins. Since my breakfast was starting to resemble an apple pie, I added a little pat of butter. Chopped nuts would have been good, but I didn't think of that at the time. I suppose you could even consider making it oatmeal a la mode, but all the sugar and fat from the ice cream would probably negate whatever healthiness the whole grain provided in the first place.
Some people are great at making up recipes, but I am not one of them. So I was pretty pleased with myself for creating a dish I hadn't read first in a cookbook or online. After a few turns in the microwave I had a warm breakfast on a chilly morning and a sweet and healthy start to the year 5772.
Apples are in season now and many varieties are grown here in the midwest. I like to eat them with peanut butter for a snack with fiber, protein, and some healthy fat.
What do you like to put on your oatmeal? Fruit? Nuts? Chocolate chips? I'm open to suggestions!